Salem High School Grad Trains Navy Aviators

Lt. Thomas Yuhaniak, a 2007 graduate of Salem High School, is playing a key role in the lengthy and rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. Navy aviators. Yuhaniak is an instructor pilot with the “Rangers” of Training Squadron 28, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-6B Texan II aircraft. A Navy instructor pilot is responsible for teaching student aviators the basics of flying military aircraft, which includes initial takeoff, landing, instrument and visual navigation and basic formation flying. “I love seeing the transformation of students who know nothing about flying and then several months later, seeing them as proficient naval aviators,” Yuhaniak says.

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